The Owl & The Dust Devil 2016 - Taurus Wines

The Owl & The Dust Devil 2016

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Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec/Petit Verdot/Tannat * 75cl * Vegan * 14.5% ABV * Argentina

The most striking thing about this wine - quite apart from its elegance and Cabernet-driven structure - is the augmented reality label. If you download the app (search in your phone's app store for The Owl & The Dust Devil - you should find it straightaway and it's free to download) you can find out the story of the name of the wine. For those too impatient to go through all of that, here's the story (or click on the picture below to play the film)...

"High against the Andes Mountains in Mendoza sits one of Argentina’s jewels: the Remolinos vineyard. Here, in this tranquil environment, a group of Lechuza owls have made their home. Perched atop vineyard posts, they keep a watchful eye over the vines, protecting against pests – both real and imagined. Throughout the growing season a mystical battle unfolds. ‘Remolinos’, or whirlwinds, arise, spiralling into dust devils, which mischievously weave their way through the vineyard. Catching sight of the swirling dust, the owls take flight in chase, until the dust devils disappear into thin air. The owls then return to their watching posts, satisfied that their precious vines are safe once again. Little do the owls realize that the dust devils play an equally important role in protecting our vineyard. Their airflow defends our vines from spring frosts and keeps our grapes dry and cool during the summer. This intricately woven scene between two natural wonders, the winged predator and the wind, helps make our Remolinos Vineyard so distinctive and ‘The Owl & The Dust Devil’ wine so exceptional."

Back to the wine itself, this red is a single vineyard blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Tannat. The Cabernet gives the wine backbone and structure which is supported by the aromatics and silky profile of the Malbec. Petit Verdot and Tannat provide not only a rich core to the wine but also depth of character and flavor for superb ageing potential.